Hornell handles Rochester by 12-6 final

HORNELL — The Hornell Dodgers put on an offensive show in front of over 500 kids from Alfred-Almond, Jasper-Troupsburg, Arkport, Avoca and St. Ann’s Academy in a 12-6 final over the Rochester Ridgeman Tuesday afternoon in the second Kids Day of the 2018 season.

“Those kids brought a wonderful atmosphere to the game today. It kind of felt like the college world series with the way the kids were cheering and making noise in the stands. It’s good to have them be that excited about the game of baseball, and it’s good for our guys to be able to set a good example for them,” said Hornell coach Read Brown.

The win not only came in front of an enthusiastic crowd, but was also the first home win of the season for the Dodgers.

“Our losses have all come in one or two-run ball games. But I’ve liked they way our guys have kept their heads up — they are battlers,” said Brown. “I like the energy that our guys bring to the ball park every day and how they just keep fighting, fighting, fighting. Today, we had a few things go our way and we were able to put up a bunch of points on them.”

The Dodgers took an early lead during the second when they plated two runs off of the three singles. Drew Hefner and Keegan Tyrell singled and both scored when Brody Burdett hit a two-run single. The Dodgers added to their lead with a big third inning. Caleb Broughton started the inning with a double followed by a single by Nate Tholl. Kyler Kent collected a RBI ground out before Tyrell hit a two-run triple to make it 5-0. Tyler Marshall capped the inning with a RBI single.

In the fourth, the Ridgemen put a run up on the scoreboard. Johnny Ottenwalder was hit by a pitch scored on a RBI double by Trevor Cho. The Dodgers added another run in the fifth when Ted Leathersich scored on a throwing error. In the sixth, Cho hit a sac fly and Brady Cottom collected a RBI single to cut into the lead 7-3 but the Dodgers put the game out of reach with a four run bottom half of the inning. Kent hit a sac fly and Leathersich hit a line drive three-run homer over the center field fence to make it 11-3. His homer was his fourth round tripper in the last three games. Matt Staker and Joey Faudskar hit doubles in the seventh to add another run.

The Ridgemen scored three runs in the ninth but could not get any closer than the 12-6 final. Drew Demler won the game for the Dodgers after six innings on the mound. He only allowed six hits and didn't walk a batter. Leathersich, Hefner, Tyrell and Marshall all had multiple hits for the Dodgers.

The Dodgers travel to Niagara Falls today to play the Power at Sal Maglie Stadium with an early start of 10:30 a.m.

While Hornell’s record stands at just 3-5 over the first eight games, Brown feels that once his team gets rolling, they will be very hard to stop.

“I firmly believe that we have the best team in the league. Our record doesn’t show it, but I think a couple of bad bounces have really led to our less-than-stellar record. But our offense is phenomenal, the guys are a terror on the base paths and are attacking good pitches. Our pitchers are throwing really well, and for such a small staff we are getting some great starts and innings out of them,” added Brown.